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Electrical and Computer Engineering

Electrical and Computer Engineering

Location

  • Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering
  • McConnell Engineering Building, Room 602
  • 3480 University Street
  • Montreal QC H3A 0E9
  • Canada
  • Telephone: 514-398-7344 or 514-398-1406
  • Fax: 514-398-4470
  • Email: grad [dot] ece [at] mcgill [dot] ca
  • Website: www.mcgill.ca/ece

About Electrical and Computer Engineering

The Department offers programs of graduate studies leading to a degree of Master of Engineering (thesis or project/non-thesis) or Doctor of Philosophy.

The research interests and facilities of the Department are very extensive, involving more than 50 faculty members and 300 postgraduate students. The major activities are divided into the following groups: Bio-Electrical Engineering; Telecommunications and Signal Processing; Systems and Control; Integrated Circuits and Systems; Nano-Electronic Devices and Materials; Photonics Systems; Computational Electromagnetics; Power Engineering; Intelligent Systems; and Software Engineering. The Department is equipped with state-of-the-art experimental laboratories and there are numerous multidisciplinary research projects, so students are provided with an ideal environment to develop new technologies, discover novel phenomena, and design revolutionary devices.

Research Facilities

The Department has extensive laboratory facilities for all its main research areas. In addition, McGill University often collaborates with other institutions for teaching and research.

  • The laboratories for research in Robotics, Control, and Vision are in the Centre for Intelligent Machines (CIM).
  • Telecommunications laboratories focus their work on signal processing, broadband communications, and networking; these laboratories form part of the Centre for Advanced Systems and Communications (SYTACom), a McGill University Research Centre devoted to fostering innovation in the area of communications systems and technologies via advanced research and training of highly qualified personnel.
  • The Integrated Circuits and Systems Laboratory (ICaS) supports research in FPGAs, MEMS, micro- and nano-systems, VLSI architectures for digital communications and signal processing, mixed signal, RF, and microwave integrated circuits and components, simulation of integrated circuits and microsystems, integrated antennas, design for testability, reconfigurable computing, high-speed circuits, and packaging.
  • Antenna and microwave research, and optical fibre and integrated optics research are carried out in a fully equipped facility.
  • The Photonics Systems laboratory includes continuous wave and femtosecond Ti: Sapphire lasers, diode lasers, extensive optics and optomechanics, and sophisticated electronic and imaging equipment.
  • Solid state facilities include measurement equipment for magnetic and electric properties of materials, vacuum deposition, and RF sputtering systems.
  • The Computational Electromagnetics Laboratory provides tools for numerical analysis, visualization, interface design, and knowledge-based system development.
  • There is also a well-equipped laboratory for power electronics and power systems research.

The Department has extensive computer facilities. Most research machines are networked, providing access to a vast array of hardware. In addition, McGill University is linked to the Centre de recherche informatique de Montréal (CRIM) and the University Computing Centre.

There are three other universities in Montreal: Concordia University is the other English-language university; l’Université de Montréal, and its affiliated school of engineering, l’École Polytechnique, is the largest francophone university; l’Université du Québec has a campus in Montreal and in major towns throughout the province.

The proximity of these schools to McGill University ensures that a rich array of courses is available to suit individual needs. McGill also collaborates on research projects with many organizations such as l’Institut de recherche d’Hydro-Québec (IREQ) and l’Institut national de la recherche scientifique (INRS).

Financial Support

Graduate Assistantships: The Department awards several graduate assistantships to qualified full-time graduate students. These are normally funded from research grants or contracts awarded to individual faculty members. In return, the graduate assistant is expected to perform research-related tasks assigned by the professor from whose grant the assistantship is paid. A good part, but not necessarily all, of this work can be used for preparing a thesis. There is no special application form for graduate assistantships; all applicants who indicate a need for support on their application forms will be considered.

Teaching Assistantships: Graduate students, with the approval of their supervisors, may also undertake teaching assistantships for additional remuneration. These are awarded at the beginning of the term. The Department can make no prior commitments.

Graduate students can also receive financial aid through fellowships, loans, or bursaries. For more information, please refer to www.mcgill.ca/gps/funding/students-postdocs, or contact:

  • Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies, McGill University
  • James Administration Building, Room 400
  • 845 Sherbrooke Street West
  • Montreal QC, H3A 0G4
Master of Engineering (M.Eng.); Electrical Engineering (Thesis) (46 credits)
The Master of Engineering degree (thesis option) involves six graduate courses and an externally examined thesis. This program is research oriented and the thesis is expected to involve a thorough examination of a topic of current interest in the research area within the Department. Undertaking this program at McGill University provides students with an opportunity to conduct intensive research under the supervision of researchers who are leaders in their field. The program is an ideal preparation for a Ph.D. degree or an industrial research career.
Master of Engineering (M.Eng.); Electrical Engineering (Thesis) — Computational Science and Engineering (47 credits)
This program is under review for 2014–2015 and may not be offered. Please inquire.
Master of Engineering (M.Eng.); Electrical Engineering (Non-Thesis) (47 credits)
The Master of Engineering degree (project option) involves nine graduate courses and an internally examined research project. The program is oriented more toward professional development than the thesis option. The project is of significantly less scope than a thesis, and includes options such as a technical review, a design project, or a small-scale research project. Undertaking nine courses provides students with a very solid background in electrical and computer engineering, both in terms of breadth across the entire field and depth in the area of specialty. Graduates frequently pursue careers in research and development. A part-time program is possible.
Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.); Electrical Engineering
The Ph.D. degree recognizes a significant novel research contribution that is described in an externally examined thesis. Students who are admitted to this program normally have a master's degree. Research is conducted under the supervision of a faculty member. The Department provides an excellent environment for conducting research, with supervision by internationally renowned researchers and access to state-of-the-art experimental facilities. Graduates from the program most commonly pursue research and teaching careers in academia or research careers in industrial labs.
Taken from Programs, Courses and University Regulations 2014-2015 (last updated Jul. 22, 2014).

Electrical and Computer Engineering Admission Requirements and Application Procedures

Admission Requirements

English Proficiency Requirement: Applicants to graduate studies whose mother tongue is not English, and who have not completed an undergraduate or graduate degree from a recognized foreign institution where English is the language of instruction or from a recognized Canadian institution (anglophone or francophone), must submit documented proof of competency in English. Accepted English language tests and minimum test score requirements can be found on our website: www.mcgill.ca/ece/admissions/graduate/process. Official results must be received before the application deadlines.

GRE Requirement: Applicants who have not completed a degree (undergraduate or graduate) in Canada must provide a GRE score on the General Aptitude Test. Applicants must achieve a combined score of at least 1100 on the verbal and quantitative sections and a minimum score of 3.5/6.0 on the analytical writing assessment section of the GRE General Test, or score at least 145/170 on the verbal section, 155/170 on the quantitative section and 3.5/6.0 on the analytical writing assessment of the GRE Revised General Test.

M.Eng. Degree (Admission Requirements)

The applicant must be the graduate of a recognized university and hold a bachelor's degree or its equivalent, as determined by McGill, in Electrical or Computer Engineering or a closely allied field. An applicant holding a degree in another field of engineering or science will be considered but a Qualifying year may be given to make up any deficiencies. The applicant must have a high academic achievement: a standing equivalent to a cumulative grade point average (CGPA) of 3.0 out of 4.0, or a GPA of 3.2 out of 4.0 for the last two full-time academic years. Satisfaction of these general requirements does not guarantee admission. Admission to graduate studies is limited and acceptance is on a very competitive basis.

Ph.D. Degree (Admission Requirements)

In addition to satisfying the requirements for the M.Eng. program, candidates must hold a suitable master's degree from a recognized university. The applicant must have a high academic achievement: a standing equivalent to a cumulative grade point average (CGPA) of 3.0 out of 4.0. Satisfaction of these general requirements does not guarantee admission. Admission to graduate studies is limited and acceptance is on a very competitive basis.

Application Procedures

McGill’s online application form for graduate program candidates is available at www.mcgill.ca/gradapplicants/apply.

See Application Procedures for detailed application procedures.

The Department accepts most of its graduate students for September; the chance of acceptance for January is significantly lower.

Additional Requirements

The items and clarifications below are additional requirements set by this department:

Application Deadlines

The application deadlines listed here are set by the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department and may be revised at any time. Applicants must verify all deadlines and documentation requirements well in advance on the appropriate McGill departmental website; please consult the list at www.mcgill.ca/gps/contact/graduate-program.

Canadian International Special/Exchange/Visiting
Fall: Jan. 15 Fall: Jan. 15 Fall: Jan. 15
Winter: Oct. 15 Winter: Sept. 15 Winter: Same as Canadian/International
Summer: N/A Summer: N/A Summer: N/A

All supporting documents must be uploaded to the online application system (uApply) by the application deadlines.

Admission to graduate studies is competitive; accordingly, late and/or incomplete applications are considered only as time and space permit.

Taken from Programs, Courses and University Regulations 2014-2015 (last updated Jul. 22, 2014).

Information Studies

School of Information Studies

Location

  • School of Information Studies
  • 3661 Peel Street
  • Montreal QC H3A 1X1
  • Canada
  • Telephone: 514-398-4204
  • Fax: 514-398-7193
  • Email: sis [at] mcgill [dot] ca
  • Website: www.mcgill.ca/sis

About Information Studies

The School of Information Studies (SIS) at McGill University is a dynamic teaching and research unit engaged in the education of information professionals and scholars. At the School, we educate individuals who make a difference in the management and design of information resources, services, and systems from a human-centred perspective, and find better ways to organize, access, disseminate, use, and preserve information and recorded knowledge. As the pioneer school of its kind in Canada, SIS has been offering programs at McGill since 1897, with continuous accreditation by the American Library Association (ALA) since 1929. The School offers a Master of Information Studies (M.I.St.), post-M.I.St. certificate and diploma programs, and a Ph.D. in Information Studies.

Information Studies is the name assigned to a wide-ranging discipline. Faculty members are all engaged in the broad research area of Human-Information Interaction (HII), which includes our core research areas of Human-Computer Interaction, Information Behaviour and Services, and Information and Knowledge Management, with projects in areas such as: data mining, digital curation, information classification, information preservation, knowledge management, multisensory information, and user experience.

For complete information about the School of Information Studies, please see our website at www.mcgill.ca/sis.

For complete information about our programs, please see the Programs & courses section of our website.

Master of Information Studies (M.I.St.); Information Studies (Non-Thesis) (48 credits)
The Master of Information Studies is a 48-credit non-thesis program, accredited by the American Library Association (ALA). This program is designed to prepare graduates for the broad field of Information Studies. Courses are offered in areas of specialization including: Archival Studies, Information and Computer Technologies, Knowledge Management, and Library Studies, among others. The program begins with a set of common courses followed by two streams: students may chose either a stream comprised of courses in areas of specialization, or another stream to conduct a major research project. The program provides the intellectual foundation for careers as information professionals; fosters competencies in managing information and knowledge resources; promotes the appropriate use of technology in meeting information needs; promotes research in information studies; advocates access to information as a fundamental human right; and educates service-oriented professionals.
Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.); Information Studies
The Ph.D. in Information Studies provides an opportunity for exceptional candidates to study interdisciplinary research topics at the doctoral level. The program offers a thorough grounding in both current theory and methods of research to ensure that students develop knowledge and critical awareness of relevant theories, principles, and methods in Information Studies and acquire the expertise to conduct and promote scholarly research in the context of Information Studies. The program begins with a set of common courses and proceeds to specialization through dissertation topics focused on areas of expertise that are supported by the research interests of current faculty members. Students develop scholarly and innovative expertise in Human-Information Interaction (HII) in one of three research areas: Human-Computer Interaction; Information Behaviour and Services; and Information and Knowledge Management. The program prepares graduates for a wide range of settings in research, teaching, and senior administrative positions, in Quebec, Canada, and internationally; contributes to the development of knowledge and to teaching/learning in Information Studies; and builds national and international visibility of Information Studies from a research perspective.
Graduate Certificate in Library and Information Studies (15 credits)
The Graduate Certificate 15-credit program is designed to assist library and information professionals currently holding an American Library Association (ALA)-accredited (or equivalent) master's degree to update their qualifications for advanced responsibility. The program may be completed in one or two academic terms, or on a part-time basis to a maximum of five years.
Graduate Diploma in Library and Information Studies (30 credits)
The Graduate Diploma 30-credit program provides professional librarians and information specialists currently holding an American Library Association (ALA)-accredited (or equivalent) master's degree with formal opportunities to update, specialize, and redirect their careers for advanced responsibility. For those considering admission into the doctoral program, it will provide an opportunity to further develop their research interests. The program may be completed in one calendar year, or on a part-time basis to a maximum of five years.
Taken from Programs, Courses and University Regulations 2014-2015 (last updated Sep. 3, 2014).

Information Studies Admission Requirements and Application Procedures

Admission Requirements

Master of Information Studies (M.I.St.)

  1. Applicants must have a bachelor's degree from a recognized university. Academic Standing of at least B, or second class – upper division, or a CGPA of 3.0 out of 4.0 is required. Courses in library and/or information studies taken before or as part of an undergraduate degree, or such courses taken in a school with a program not accredited by the American Library Association, cannot be accepted as credit toward the McGill M.I.St.
  2. Applicants to graduate studies whose mother tongue is not English, and who have not completed an undergraduate or graduate degree from a recognized foreign institution where English is the language of instruction or from a recognized Canadian institution (anglophone or francophone), must submit documented proof of competency in oral and written English prior to admission. Such proof normally comprises the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) with a minimum score of 600 (paper-based test), 100 (iBT Internet-based TOEFL) with a written score of at least 25 and a reading, speaking, and listening score not less than 20, or the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) with a minimum overall band score of 7.5. Applicants whose mother tongue is not English may be asked to demonstrate English-language competency beyond the submission of the TOEFL or IELTS scores. For more information about proof of proficiency, refer to the Admissions section of the School's website.
  3. Competency in the use of computers is expected. Applicants should have a thorough knowledge of the Windows operating system, particularly file management and word processing, and presentation software such as PowerPoint.
  4. Previous library work experience, while not essential, will be given consideration in assessing an application, but this experience cannot replace academic criteria.

Ph.D. in Information Studies

  1. Applicants should normally have a master's degree in Library and Information Studies (or equivalent). Master's degrees in other fields will be considered in relation to the proposed research.

    An applicant with a master's degree in Library and Information Studies (or equivalent) will normally be admitted to Ph.D. 2.

    An applicant with a master's degree in another field may be considered for admission to Ph.D. 2, but may need to register for courses to upgrade background knowledge in library and information studies.

    An applicant who holds only a bachelor’s degree from McGill University or an approved institution in Information Studies (or equivalent) in exceptional circumstances may be admitted to Ph.D. 1.

    A CGPA of at least 3.0 out of 4.0 at both the undergraduate and graduate levels is required.

  2. Applicants to graduate studies whose mother tongue is not English, and who have not completed an undergraduate or graduate degree from a recognized foreign institution where English is the language of instruction or from a recognized Canadian institution (anglophone or francophone), must submit documented proof of competency in oral and written English prior to admission. Such proof normally comprises the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) with a minimum score of 600 (paper-based test), 100 (iBT Internet-based TOEFL) with a written score of at least 25 and a reading, speaking, and listening score not less than 20, or the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) with a minimum overall band score of 7.5. Applicants whose mother tongue is not English may be asked to demonstrate English-language competency beyond the submission of the TOEFL or IELTS scores. For more information about proof of proficiency, refer to the Admissions section of the School's website.

Graduate Certificate in Library and Information Studies

  1. Applicants should have a master's degree in Library and Information Studies from a program accredited by the American Library Association (or equivalent). Candidates will normally have at least three years' professional experience following completion of their master's degree.
  2. Applicants to graduate studies whose mother tongue is not English, and who have not completed an undergraduate or graduate degree from a recognized foreign institution where English is the language of instruction or from a recognized Canadian institution (anglophone or francophone), must submit documented proof of competency in oral and written English prior to admission. Such proof normally comprises the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) with a minimum score of 600 (paper-based test), 100 (iBT Internet-based TOEFL) with a written score of at least 25 and a reading, speaking, and listening score not less than 20, or the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) with a minimum overall band score of 7.5. Applicants whose mother tongue is not English may be asked to demonstrate English-language competency beyond the submission of the TOEFL or IELTS scores. For more information about proof of proficiency, refer the Admissions section of the School's website.

Graduate Diploma in Library and Information Studies

  1. Applicants should have a master's degree in Library and Information Studies from a program accredited by the American Library Association (or equivalent). Admission of students with overseas degrees will be guided by the M.L.I.S. equivalency standards of the A.L.A. Applicants will normally have at least three years' professional experience following completion of the M.L.I.S.
  2. Applicants to graduate studies whose mother tongue is not English, and who have not completed an undergraduate or graduate degree from a recognized foreign institution where English is the language of instruction or from a recognized Canadian institution (anglophone or francophone), must submit documented proof of competency in oral and written English prior to admission. Such proof normally comprises the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) with a minimum score of 600 (paper-based test), 100 (iBT Internet-based TOEFL) with a written score of at least 25 and a reading, speaking, and listening score not less than 20, or the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) with a minimum overall band score of 7.5. Applicants whose mother tongue is not English may be asked to demonstrate English-language competency beyond the submission of the TOEFL or IELTS scores. For more information about proof of proficiency, refer to the Admissions section of the School's website.

Application Procedures

Detailed graduate application procedures and McGill’s online application form for graduate program candidates is available at www.mcgill.ca/gradapplicants/apply.

Additional Requirements

The items and clarifications below are additional requirements set by this department:

  • Two academic reference letters; if degree was awarded more than five years ago, two employer letters of recommendation instead of academic letters
  • Personal Statement
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Research Proposal – Ph.D. only

Ph.D. applicants are encouraged to review the Faculty and Research sections of the School's website to assist in identifying possible dissertation supervisors and to become familiar with the School's research areas before applying to the program. Questions can be addressed to the Ph.D. Program Director.

Application Deadlines

The application deadlines listed here are set by the School of Information Studies and may be revised at any time. Applicants must verify all deadlines and documentation requirements well in advance on the appropriate McGill departmental website; please consult the list at www.mcgill.ca/gps/contact/graduate-program.

M.I.St., Graduate Certificate, and Graduate Diploma
Canadian International Special/Exchange/Visiting
Fall: Mar. 1 Fall: Feb. 15 Fall: Contact the School's Administrative & Student Affairs Coordinator
Winter: N/A Winter: N/A Winter: Contact the School's Administrative & Student Affairs Coordinator
Summer: N/A Summer: N/A Summer: Contact the School's Administrative & Student Affairs Coordinator
Ph.D.
Canadian International Special/Exchange/Visiting
Fall: Jan. 15 Fall: Jan. 15 Fall: Contact the School's Administrative & Student Affairs Coordinator
Winter: N/A Winter: N/A Winter: Contact the School's Administrative & Student Affairs Coordinator
Summer: N/A Summer: N/A Summer: Contact the School's Administrative & Student Affairs Coordinator

Admission to graduate studies is competitive; accordingly, late and/or incomplete application are considered only as time and space permit.

Taken from Programs, Courses and University Regulations 2014-2015 (last updated Sep. 3, 2014).

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